This short article asks a simple question of readers, “Do you care about EXIF data?”
EXIF stands for exchangeable image file format. This is the information that your digital camera automatically embeds into photographs, including shutter speed, aperture, ISO, lens focal length, white balance etc.
NOTE: Click on images to enlarge. This article includes some images acting as visual breaks. Many of these photographs may be included in my upcoming bird photography eBook.
On a personal basis, reviewing EXIF data on our images can be enlightening. This is especially true when we are trying to determine the underlying reasons why an image failed to meet expectations.
So, the first part of my question deals with your potential use of EXIF data embedded in your photographs. The second part of my question is about your potential interest in the EXIF that I include with my images used on this website.
Many photographers strip EXIF data out of the image files they post online as they view this information as a ‘trade secret’. Quite simply they do not want to share this information with other people. With very few exceptions, I’ve made it a practice to include EXIF data on the images that I share on this website. I must admit that I sometimes wonder whether most readers care about having EXIF data posted here or not.
I have not been able to find a good WoodPress plug-in that will automatically determine the EXIF data on images I post on this website, then automatically display that information under each photograph. So, I have to manually enter this information on each image that I post. I certainly do not mind taking the time to do this work. It would be great to know if you folks care about it and use it.
I am planning on including some basic EXIF data for each photograph in my upcoming bird photography eBook. This would include focal length, equivalent field-of-view (efov) if applicable, aperture, shutter speed and ISO. I am not planning to include camera and lens information for each photograph as it makes the eBook pages look a bit cluttered. General camera and lens information will be included in the front of the eBook.
So, please let me know… “Do you care about EXIF data?”
Should I keep including EXIF data with my images on this website?
If any readers are aware of a good EXIF data WordPress plug-in please let me know!
All photographs in this article were captured hand-held in available light using camera gear as per the EXIF data. All images were produced from RAW files using my standard process of DxO PhotoLab, CS6 and the Nik Collection.
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